The NK 2000 Project

The NK 2000 Project
"The BMW 2000 VIN 1326213 was manufactured on January 10th, 1967 and delivered on March 6th, 1967 to the BMW importer Hoffman Motors Corp. in New York City. The original colour was Tampico, paint code 005." - from the BMW Group Archives

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Glovebox and its Liner

Every time I open the glovebox I am reminded a few issues. Mostly concerning the glovebox liner itself, which was horribly mutilated to accommodate the now useless stereo. And how I can't seem to find a proper liner to replace it.

One item I could rectify, however, was the condition of the lid liner. Although the the bright sun in the photo above masks the worn-out black liner, it looked terrible and was even coming unglued.

So I took out my bottle of black acrylic paint and with a small artist brush repainted the liner.  It came out nicely and presumably more like it looked when new.  A bit of expoxy and a small clamp took care of the loose fit.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Re-Stocking the Distributor

 When I bought the car it came with its original distributor, which I removed in order to upgrade to an electronic ignition system. Therefore the old unit soon departed the car.

And in went a brand new distributor, outfitted with the necessary components.

Now, fast forward a few years.  There I am, innocently drving around, when suddenly a distinct scraping sound begins to emit from the engine bay. I stop, and after a bit of feeling about, realize that the sound is coming from the distributor. I bring the car to Midnight Motorsport - along with the old distributor - and we conclude that the new unit is shot. Lots of play in the shaft, metal filings on the magnet, etc. etc.

A week or so later Patrick fiddled with my old Bosch distributor, trying to see if a Petronix electronic ignition would fit into it.  Now, Petronix reps had told me four years ago that their systems were not compatible with NK cars, but Patrick, after taking a week to think over the matter, managed to make the old distributor work with the Petronix.

Now I have it back in the car, a forty-eight year old piece of German engineering that has outlived its four year-old younger brother by a bunch of years and then some. And as a bonus, the old distributor is has a steel body, unlike the later 2002 varieties, which are made of aluminum.

So now my engine bay is closer to stock than ever. With the condenser still there but for decorative purposes only...

Thursday, November 20, 2014


A PO had gotten creative in the distant past with the isolators that dampen vibration from the air cleaner mounts.

The one above wasn't too too bad, but close examination revealed a VW/Audi stamp on the rubber. Horrors!

The other two were made of 1) a small piece of hose and 2) five or six regular metal washers.

For some reason I dawdled for years in getting these right but now they finally are correct for the car and the engine bay continues its journey back to a semblance of stock.

One of the fresh ones, a bit crusty but still new.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Parcel Shelf Speaker Delete

At last!  The nasty speaker holes are gone from the parcel shelf and it is back to its proper color, shape, and size.

I don't want to even think about what it looked like when I bought the car, but if anyone is interested here is what it was:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Armrests Regrouped

Broken lower armrests are a common feature in these cars. I am not really clear on why this would be but I see evidence of the problem frequently in pictures online.  Here is what the result looks like:

Surprisingly these plastic lower rests are still available in Europe, although not in the braun color of my interior. It's an easy matter to spray paint them to the correct tint with Rustoleum rattle-can paint, however.  I found the exact color match by buying a bunch of cans in a local big-box store and taking them out to the parking lot to match the color on the can to the interior upholstery. Last step was to immediately return for refund the examples I didn't need.

I have replaced the armrests on both sides. Wresting the arm rests apart demands patience; they are secured with odd metal flanges on the top sections that slide into slotted holes built into the bottom pieces.

One more fix to cross off the list and forget about.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

New/OId Oil Pan

Another improvement, this time a surprise. I was having my oil pan gasket changed by Patrick at Midnight Motorsport, and he graciously installed an oil pan freshly pained and in far better condition than the old one.  That particular item had either been hit, or otherwise dented by someone attempting to lift the car using the pan as a base.



A vast but infrequently seen improvement.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mirror Images

When I bought the car it came equipped with a nice mirror.  Nice that is, unless you looked too closely.

Briefly, it was not a BMW mirror. The thing was so wide I wondered if it came from a Dodge Caravan or similar.  You couldn't even get the sun visors over it without a struggle.

What a PO had done was to ravage the aluminum arm in order to install a bigger pivot joint.

He or she had sheared the pivot and fastened - with now rusty bolts - another bracket that held a larger pivot ball, which in turn held the mini-van mirror that had been in the car. The whole assembly was a mess and I tore it apart as soon as I acquired the object of my dreams, an old NK chrome and metal mirror.

While my new mirror was being worked on I temporarily installed a 2002 mirror so I could drive the car without too much hassle. That is what is pictured below.

My new mirror did not look like this when I bought it.

It had to be disassembled and then the glass had to be resilvered. My friends at Classic Interior Restorations in Seattle gave me a lot a guidance and advice - although Greg, who works there part-time and is an expert in all things mirrorish, was the one who actually figured out how to pry off the little clamps that held the chrome frame to the body. Steve, who owns Classic Interior, watched the process and gave some good tips, like using 400 steel wool to remove the oxidation from the arm. This process took a couple of hours but worked nicely.

The final step involved painting the back of the mirror. This I did today and the result was satisfying.

Last thing was to get it into the car.  No worries there, either.

Now, I realize that the 1967 NK 2000 probably did not come from the factory with this older version NK mirror but still, I think it gives the car a certain je ne sais quoi...